Monday, January 30, 2012

Will Taylor still play 'Stretch Armstrong'?

By Brent Lang

"Stretch Armstrong" lives, but without Taylor Lautner. 
The big-screen adaptation of the flexible, stretchable toy will finally make its way to the big screen thanks to a new partnership between Hasbro and Relativity Media. 
However, the "Twilight" star will no longer be headlining the project due to scheduling conflicts, an individual with knowledge of the project confirmed to TheWrap.
A new cast will be announced shortly. 
Lautner has stumbled in launching a post-"Twilight" career --  the teen pin-up's recent bid for stardom, last fall's "Abduction," disappointed at the box office, grossing grossed $82 million worldwide on a $35 million budget.
"Stretch Armstrong" was originally in development at Universal, which was eyeing a 2012 release for the film. Lautner was on tap to earn a reported $7.5 million for the movie. He had cleared up his dance card to fit the big-budget project into his schedule, dropping out of the superhero film "Max Steel" and the extreme flying story "Northern Lights."

Relativity will be the domestic distributor and will release the film internationally. The film is targeted for an April 11, 2014 release date.



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